The International Day Against Corruption / International Anti-Corruption Day – December 9
International Anti-Corruption Day has been observed annually, on 9 December, to control corruption throughout the world.
Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies. No country, region or community is immune. Corruption is a complex social, political and economic phenomenon that affects all countries. Corruption undermines democratic institutions, slows economic development and contributes to governmental instability. Corruption attacks the foundation of democratic institutions by distorting electoral processes, perverting the rule of law and creating bureaucratic quagmires whose only reason for existing is the soliciting of bribes. Economic development is stunted because foreign direct investment is discouraged and small businesses within the country often find it impossible to overcome the “start-up costs” required because of corruption.
This year UNODC and UNDP have developed a joint global campaign, focusing on how corruption affects education, health, justice, democracy, prosperity and development. It is called “No Counts Campaingn”.